2. Be a poet! In your notebook, write a poem in text message style or choose a poem you like and rewrite it in this style. Then text it to a classmate for feedback. You can also post it on your wiki. Remember to include a copy of it in your portfolio.
TIME FOR LITERATURE
Pride and Prejudice (by Jane Austen)
1. Jane Austen wrote six novels during her lifetime. They are Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, and Persuasion. All of them have been adapted into movies. Have you ever seen any of these movies?
2. Take a look at a poster of the 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice. The catch line on the bottom reads:
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“Sometimes the last person on earth you want to be with is the one person you can’t be without.”
Now answer these two questions.
a) What genre do you expect the story to be?
b) Do you agree with the statement in the poster’s catch line? Why (not)?
3. Despite the effort of the movie director, sometimes movies are released with technical problems. Below you have some mistakes in the movie adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
Continuity: At the dinner in Lady Catherine’s house, the second candle from the left in the candle holder is alternately crooked/straight during Elizabeth and Lady Catherine’s conversation.
Crew or equipment visible: When Mrs. Bennet follows Elizabeth out to the pond, after Elizabeth’s refusal of Mr. Collins, Mrs. Bennet’s audio cord can be seen stretched out from under her dress. It is masked with foliage, but still clearly visible.
Revealing mistakes: During the first scene of the movie in the house when Mary is seen playing the piano, she is not actually touching the keys.
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a) Have you ever found a mistake in a movie you saw?
b) Here is a challenge: Watch the movie and try to find them. Have fun!
4. Let’s tweet! Start by reading the first descriptive paragraph in Jane Austen’s text again.
“… Mrs. Long says that Netherfield is taken by a young man of large fortune from the north of England; that he came down on Monday in a chaise and four to see the place, and was so much delighted with it that he agreed with Mr. Morris immediately; that he is to take possession before Michaelmas, and some of his servants are to be in the house by the end of next week.”
The novel, as it has already been pointed out, was written in the 18th century. Notice that people do not speak in the same way nowadays. Having this in mind, your task is to rewrite the paragraph in the way you would say it nowadays and tweet about the arrival of a new boy/girl in the neighborhood.
Remember to use colloquial everyday English of today, using no more than 140 characters!
1. Connect the following sentences in such a way that you will have a summary of the short story “Cat in the Rain”. Add connecting words and new expressions when necessary, such as and, where, above all, after, later, also, or any other you wish. Use your notebook.
She likes the hotel owner a lot.
She wishes she had long hair in contrast with her short manly curls.
A young American couple is staying at a hotel in Italy after the end of war.
She could receive guests and use shining silver with candles on the table.
They have no friends there.
She wants a cat she can hold and stroke and call her own too.
The husband spends most of his time lying in bed reading a book.
She talks to the hotel owner.
She wishes she had a house of her own.
The hotel owner is a very kind old man.
She goes down to try to save the cat from the rain.
She goes back to the room.
The hotel maid comes to her door with the little cat.
The wife is restless.
She sees a cat in the patio in the rain.
She starts to wish for a lot of things.
The maid says the “padrone” had sent her the kitten.
The cat is gone.
2. Look back at the first chapter of Pride and Prejudice that you read in Time for Literature, where the position of women in society was mentioned. Think of the American wife in “Cat in the Rain” and, in pairs, discuss the following topics.
b) Does the American wife seem freer to choose her own destiny than Austen’s heroines?
c) Does George, the American husband, seem to consider his wife’s wishes?
d) The narrator says that the wife likes the hotel owner, but it never says the wife likes her husband. Why do you think this is?
e) When the wife asks her husband about letting her hair grow, it seems she depends on his opinion even for small things. Do you think wives nowadays need that kind of reassurance?
f) The husband is more interested in the book he is reading than in his wife. With a married couple today, would the husband be reading a book or working on his computer/checking his cell phone? How do you see the interference of computers and the Internet in a couple’s relationship nowadays?
g) It’s nearly one hundred years since “Cat in the Rain” was written. How do you compare couples’ relationships like the one described by Hemingway with relationships of the 21st century?
3. Now read the following lines, written by Shakespeare in the 17th century, and answer the questions that follow.
Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper, Thy head, thy sovereign; one that cares for thee, And for thy maintenance commits his body To painful labour both by sea and land, To watch the night in storms, the day in cold, Whilst thou liest warm at home, secure and safe; And craves no other tribute at thy hands But love, fair looks and true obedience; Too little payment for so great a debt. (The Taming of the Shrew 5.2.145-53)
a) In this excerpt from The Taming of the Shrew, which words are used to describe the husband?
b) According to Shakespeare’s text, what are the main qualities of a wife?
c) What does the text imply is the reward a husband expects from a wife?
d) And why should the wife give such rewards?
e) How would you compare marriage in Hemingway’s text with marriage in Shakespeare’s play?
Did you know…?
In old English thy means your, thee means you (as an object in the sentence) and thou means you (as a subject in the sentence).
Observe also that in Old English st was used with the second person of verbs in the present. Example: thou liest instead of you lie.
Did you know…?
In 1967, the Italian movie director Franco Zeffirelli filmed this play by Shakespeare, featuring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, two great actors of the time, and the film became a classic. You can find it in video rentals if you are interested in checking out this very interesting story.
Knowledge across English and Chemistry
Do your part to save the environment!
How about learning how to help the environment by trying different solutions to get the same result we get with industrialized products? Before you do an interesting experiment, work in pairs and do the following activities. Use your notebook.
1. Make a list of the environmental problems the planet is facing today as a result of human activity. Then decide: What can each individual do to help?
2. What do you do with comic books, newspapers, and magazines when you need to discard them?
3. Look at the images below. How do you think they are related to some environmental problems we face today?
4. One of the images above shows a type of industrialized product for cleaning glass. Do you know any substitutes for this product which would cause less harm to the environment?
You are the researcher!
5. Let’s try a revealing experiment in groups. Ask your chemistry teacher to help you. After you have done your project, discuss the results with your group and present them to the whole class.
Testing an alternative way to clean surfaces
You will compare a solution of vinegar and an industrialized cleaning product. You will need the following:
• a dirty mirror, glass window, or any other dirty glass surface